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Heather MacFadyen, mother of four boys, connects you the listener with people and resources to help you feel less alone. Consider it an invitation to "withness".

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 2.2K Ratings

Heather MacFadyen, mother of four boys, connects you the listener with people and resources to help you feel less alone. Consider it an invitation to "withness".

    When You’re Disappointed in Mom Life Limitations :: Sara Hagerty [Ep 461]

    When You’re Disappointed in Mom Life Limitations :: Sara Hagerty [Ep 461]

    Do you feel as if you are always measuring yourself as a mom? Do you feel like the pressure to keep up with moms around you is overwhelming? Do you feel snappy or resentful at your kids and husband?

    Today, author Sara Hagerty joins me to talk about her new book, The Gift Of Limitations. She is a wife and mom of seven with four adopted kids. Sara shares how we often find ourselves daydreaming about other seasons and how to recognize our limits and give ourselves grace without shame and complaining. When we name our limits we can actually grieve them and let God give us the story He is intricately weaving for our families. Society tells us we can be limitless, we can optimize everything, but Sara reminds us that the limits and plot twists in our life are all from a good Father who is at work in our stories. 

    Connect with Sara Hagerty: 





    Website:   Sara Hagerty

    Facebook: Sara Hagerty

    Instagram:  Sara Hagerty (@sarahagertywrites)


    Links Mentioned:  





    The Gift of Limitations: Finding Beauty in Your Boundaries: by Sara Hagerty
    Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things: by Sara Hagerty
    Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed: by Sara Hagerty

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    When You Feel Unseen :: Sara Hagerty [Ep 175]
    Every Bitter Thing is Sweet :: Sara Hagerty [Ep 143]
    Help When You Feel Weak :: Lisa Whittle [Ep 170]



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    • 49 min
    Sidetracked by Instagram Arguments, Chicos, and End-of-School Year Emotions :: Cynthia and Heather [Ep 460]

    Sidetracked by Instagram Arguments, Chicos, and End-of-School Year Emotions :: Cynthia and Heather [Ep 460]

    Right off the bat Cynthia and I get sidetracked by my grumpy mood. A mood I blamed on an instagram battle but probably more about my grief of having a senior who is actually going to college! 

    There’s some rehashing of the Bachelor, Heather’s advice for renting with Turo and discussion whether audiobooks count as reading. We also get sidetracked talking about all of the end-of-school year emotions including Cynthia's current struggle over her first grader’s learning and reading challenges. She claims her stage of life is somewhere between Kidzbop music and shapewear from Soma. Which makes us wonder how would you describe your current parenting stage? 

    Regardless of which end of the spectrum you are on (or maybe you are in both seasons) this episode will give you encouragement that God cares for our kids more than we ever will and He has a good story for their lives. 

    Connect with Cynthia Yanof: 


    Website:   https://cynthiayanof.com/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.yanof 
    Instagram:  @cynthiayanof 
    Podcast: MESSmerized 



    Links Mentioned:  





    Turo car rental marketplace
    Watch Mean Girls
    Chico's
    Soma
    Heather’s new Cupshe bathing suit
    Amazon.com: Audible Books
    The Women: by Kristin Hannah
    Confessions of a Shopaholic: by Sophie Kinsella
    Me before You by Jojo Moyes 
    Don't Mom Alone: by Heather MacFadyen
    Life Is Messy, God Is Good: by Cynthia Yanof
    Cynthia’s MESSmerized Patreon
    Heather’s Don't Mom Alone Patreon

     Related Episodes:





    Emotional Maturity, Teamwork, and 25 years of Marriage :: Bruce and Heather [Ep 458]
    Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids :: Dr. Kara Powell [Ep 290]
    How to Stay Calm with School Stress :: Kirk Martin {Ep 88}

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    • 44 min
    From Ruin to Redemption :: Nadia Louise [Ep 459]

    From Ruin to Redemption :: Nadia Louise [Ep 459]

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    We live on the other side of the Resurrection! If you find yourself in the middle of brokenness and ruin, we pray this episode reminds you that your heavenly Father God is in the redemption business. 

    Today Nadia Louise joins me to share her powerful testimony. Her story is woven with so many layers of trauma and pain from a narcissistic, abusive father to the death of her brother when she was just 17 years old. That event was the catalyst that allowed Nadia to hear the voice of the Lord. But her story was not over; she still walked through pain, suffering, more death, and heartbreak. As she learned to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear His voice she began to heal from depression, self-harm, and her past. 

    Listen in to Nadia’s powerful story and know that God still heals, still redeems, and still works today. 

    Connect with Nadia Louise: 





    YouTube: Nadia Louise (youtube.com)

    Instagram:  nadia louise (@itsnadialouise)




    Links Mentioned:  






    Dancing on the Grave–Naomi Cantwell and Christ for the Nations 
    Kiddell (@ohkiddell)
    Upperroom (uprmdallas.org)



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    Forgiving What You Can’t Forget :: Lysa TerKeurst [Ep 304]
    Faith in the Unexpected :: Christine Caine
    You Are Never Alone :: Max Lucado [Ep 298]
    Life Giving Faith in Every Circumstance :: Lisa Appelo [SofM wk 2]



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    • 54 min
    Emotional Maturity, Teamwork, and 25 years of Marriage :: Bruce and Heather [Ep 458]

    Emotional Maturity, Teamwork, and 25 years of Marriage :: Bruce and Heather [Ep 458]

    Bruce joins me today to discuss 25 years of marriage and answer listener questions like-  What did you learn in year 25 that you wish you knew in year 1? How do you make time for intimacy? How to handle times when your significant other is having a struggle with faith? And, What are you looking forward to when your kids are grown and flown? 

    I discuss how I’ve grown in emotional maturity while Bruce talks about how to get out of the ruts and routines of work and family life. We also tackle different personality types and how we handle those when parenting our boys. Teen parenting is hard y’all, there are no formulas but we have learned that teamwork is essential. 

    God had been so good and faithful through 25 years of marriage and parenting. Join us today as we share the vulnerable, hard, and good parts of the journey. 

    Connect with Bruce: 


    Website:  zello.com/about-us

    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-macfadyen/ 


    Links Mentioned:  





    A Drama Triangle explanation
    A Definition of Locus of Control 

    Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow 

    Parenting with Hope: Raising Teens for Christ in a Secular Age: by Melissa B. Kruger 
    Shōgun: The Complete Novel: by James Clavell
    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany: by William Shirer



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    Bruce Learns to Label His Feelings :: Bruce and Heather [Ep 316]
    Talking, Teens, and Twenty-four Years :: Bruce + Heather [Ep 399]
    Changing the Atmosphere of Your Home with Positive Parenting :: Ralphie Jacobs [Ep 456]
    Helping Socially Anxious Boys :: David Thomas [Ep 451]



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    • 44 min
    Three Faith Pillars for Parenting Teens :: Melissa Kruger [Ep 457]

    Three Faith Pillars for Parenting Teens :: Melissa Kruger [Ep 457]

    Do you feel like you are on the hamster wheel of expectations this culture throws at your teen? Do you feel the pressure and pull of having them in every sport, activity, and tutor to excel? Is church becoming a point of struggle every Sunday? 

    Melissa Kruger joins me to talk about all things teen and how to raise them in this culture that is pointing to everything but Jesus.  Melissa is an author and Bible teacher who encourages women as they walk through life and motherhood. We talk about how to enjoy our teens instead of curating their lives and how to allow them space to fail. Melissa shares the three pillars that are the foundation of a home focused on Christ- God’s word, prayer, and the Church. We dive into each of these and how to practically walk them out in our homes and with our teens.

    Melissa ultimately reminds us that as recipients of God’s unfailing grace, we get to share that identity with our kids as we guide them through these challenging years. 

    Connect with Melissa Kruger 


    Website:  Melissa Kruger (melissabkruger.com)

    Facebook: Melissa B. Kruger

    Instagram:  Melissa Kruger (@melissabryankruger)


    Links Mentioned:  





    Pre-order “Parenting with Hope”

    Books – Melissa Kruger

    Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein  
    Wherever You Go, I Want You to Know by Melissa B Kruger
    The Gospel Coalition (TGC)
    Article on Melissa’s family prayer routine: Now’s the Time! Resources for Family Devotions 


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    “What is My Responsibility in My Child’s Salvation?” :: Vela Tomba [Ep 431]
    Freeing Your Adolescents to Step Into Adulthood – Ages and Stages – Teens :: Dr. Ken Wilgus [Ep 382]
    Doubt, Questions and Your Teen’s Growing Faith :: Mary Jo Sharp [Ep 375]

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    • 50 min
    Changing the Atmosphere of Your Home with Positive Parenting :: Ralphie Jacobs [Ep 456]

    Changing the Atmosphere of Your Home with Positive Parenting :: Ralphie Jacobs [Ep 456]

    Is your home a place of peace or one of anger and frustration? Do you feel exhausted from the arguing and bickering between kids? Does the bedtime struggle make most evenings end in overwhelm? 

    Ralphie Jacobs is here to help us understand the science and tactics behind Positive Parenting. She started her career in early childhood education and soon realized through her own parenting struggles that there was a lack of resources for behavior change through Positive Parenting. She teaches parents how to change their own behaviors to change home environments and the practical steps to get there. 

    Shifting the atmosphere of our home can feel like turning the Titanic, but Ralphie gives us hope that we can walk a path of gratitude instead of a path of scarcity. 

    Connect with Ralphie Jacobs: 


    Website:  Simply On Purpose - Home

    Instagram:  Ralphie• Positive Parenting (@simplyonpurpose)


    Links Mentioned:  






    Calm in the Chaos Webinar (watch the replay) 
    50+ ideas for spending one-on-one time with your kid

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    Choosing Connection Over Critique :: Rachel Macy Stafford [Ep 280]
    How to Stop Yelling, Lecturing and Power Struggles :: Kirk Martin {Ep 62}
    The Window of Tolerance :: Charissa Fry [Ep 260] 



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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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2.2K Ratings

AnotherDoodler ,

My Favorite Podcast!

I truly look forward to each episode Heather releases. I absolutely love how real, honest, gentle, and open Heather & her guests are. This show always includes biblical truth, honest conversation, lots of laughs, and camaraderie in motherhood. It’s definitely my favorite podcast! Thank you, Heather, for the time, effort, energy and wisdom you put into this podcast for us! You are a gift to the mom community!

GretchenSue ,

Love it!

I have been listening for a long time, even binging the episodes before to get it all in. I have loved most every episode and Heather! Adding Cynthia to this mix has been a surprise and breath of fresh air. I want a Cynthia in my life too! I think I’d have side pains after hanging out together though from all the laughter! Keep up the good work!!

Screwed by vintes ,

Idk what’s happening but God is good!

Omgoshhhh just found this podcast and idk what’s happening but it’s hilarious and SOOO GOOD. Cynthia and Heather were so dang funny. I felt like I was a fly on the wall (ew) or maybe just a friend sitting at the table with them). I can’t wait to start “Life is Messy God is Good”. Thank you for the laugh. Thank you for making things lite! This mama needed this. The message about doing xyz and really what Gods favor is hit the nail on the head for exactly what I’m experiencing in motherhood. Ty Heather! 🥰

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